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At what temperature do standard tips melt?

Every bullet manufacturer's tips begin to melt and deform depending on their specific material properties. In general, standard acetals and Delrins, currently used in bullet tips, begin to soften and deform at 150 to 200 degrees (F). At 250 to 350 degrees (F), they will begin to melt and badly deform. The longer the exposure... Continue Reading

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Does velocity make tips melt, or is it just a matter of exposure to aerodynamic friction over time?

It is a function of the softening point of the plastic, air temperature, ballistic coefficient (BC) and the maximum velocity. Basically, it is how long the bullet tip is exposed to what level of temperature. The higher the muzzle velocity, the higher the maximum temperature on the tip. The higher the BC, the longer the tip is exposed to... Continue Reading

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Will the jacket and core of ELD-X bullets separate since they're not bonded?

High-velocity impacts may occasionally cause the ELD-X bullet jacket to roll back past the InterLock ring during penetration, leading to jacket core separation as the bullet comes to rest. When bullets stop inside an animal, the elasticity of the flesh, and especially the hide, pulls the bullet backward into the animal and often flips... Continue Reading

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Is Hornady +P ammunition safe to use in my handgun?

Hornady +P ammunition is manufactured to industry +P standards and is safe to use in any firearm that is regulated to +P pressures.

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How do I return ammunition?

All Hornady ammunition is warranted against material and workmanship defects. If the ammunition is found to be defective due to material or workmanship, Hornady will replace the defective ammunition at no charge to the customer.All ammunition warranty claims are handled on a case-by-case basis. In order to initiate a claim, please contact our... Continue Reading

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What happened to the Light Magnum® and Heavy Magnum® lines of ammunition?

With the advent of SuperformanceTM Ammunition, Light Magnum® and Heavy Magnum® Ammunition have been discontinued.

"Superformance ammunition provides all the positives of Light and Heavy Magnum (increased velocity without increased barrel wear) but has added benefits, as well. Simply stated, Superformance provides 100 to 200 feet... Continue Reading

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What is the difference between Critical DUTY® & Critical DEFENSE®?

Learn about Critical DUTY® and Critical DEFENSE® by clicking here.

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Why are the new Heat Shield™ (ELD-X™ & ELD™ Match) tips a solid color instead of translucent?

Hornady® ELD-X™ and ELD™ Match bullets that feature the Heat Shield™ tip are transitioning from a translucent red to a more opaque red color to avoid a trademark conflict with another manufacturer. The increase in red dye does not affect the performance of the new Heat Shield™ tip and its ability to resist... Continue Reading

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